Monthly must-reads (and thoughts on failure)

Hey friends!

So today is our first day back for this semester and I’ve spent the day powering through my to-do list to make myself feel better about putting off all these tasks until the last minute. I was lucky enough to have my mama stay this weekend which was a hoot. We had a little pj party which was all fun and games until we had to drop my brother off and decided we’d just wear our dressing gowns out regardless of who saw us. No shame. Our pyjama game is strong. I’m just glad we didn’t get a flat tyre or something. 😛 

Anyway, let’s get on with the show… here are my favourite links from around the web this month.

Lifestyle:

Since moving out of home I have realized that I have a responsibility to not only take care of myself but to also keep in mind how my actions impact others. One thing I have become aware of is my impact on the environment. There are so many simple ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle instead of throwing things away.

My friend Claire is a bit of an eco-warrior princess and her post is a excellent place to start if you want to be a little kinder to the planet.

These ideas are brilliant. Especially for those people who are really hard to buy for. You know the ones who have absolutely everything under the sun and apparently no hobbies to speak of. 

What’s better than getting a gift personalized with your initials? It makes literally anything fancier. Monogrammed socks…awesome. Monogrammed robe…killing it. Monogrammed planner…girl boss. See, you can’t go wrong!

I absolutely hate conflict. I am a peacemaker through and through, so I actively try to avoid confrontation as best I can. When faced with a difficult conversation I get all sweaty and clammy and one of my eyes always twitches. It’s like my body is telling me that something is very wrong and I should RUN as fast as my legs can carry me.

But if you have been around on this earth for more than a decade then you know that running from your problems does you no good.

Most times, confronting them head-on is the best approach, and this post makes that easy (well easier.)

Inspiration:

I’ve recently discovered that I have a love for poetry that has been very much neglected for most of my life. I bought a little poetry book from a secondhand bookstore and it was so beautiful that it has inspired me to start reading poetry every day. 

So take a look at these poems and I bet you will fall in love too.

I am fist-pumping so hard for this post. So much yes. We need more women to stand up and proudly love their bodies just the way that they are. In a world so desperately trying to change us; to slim us down and tone us up…we need women to boldly shout, ‘heck no I love myself as I am.’

This post is such a beautiful reminder that we can never find our worth in superficial things like the size of our thighs or flatness of our stomachs. We will never find that acceptance that we crave in this world.

Our worth comes from God and He says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And when you know that, truly know that, then you will be free.

Relationships:

Friendships are hard work! And the real world can be a very lonely place. We have this idea as twenty-somethings that we should have this awesome squad that we do everything with kinda like the Friends or How I Met your Mother gangs but so often our reality is very different.

We grow up and drift apart and suddenly we find ourselves alone in a sea of unfamiliar faces.

If you are currently feeling like that then you need to read this post ASAP.

If you want a relationship to last then it MUST be built on a foundation of trust. As scary as it is to be 100% honest and vulnerable with someone, it’s much better than having to be a fake version of yourself forever.

I’d much rather be with someone who knows all my crazy quirks and loves me anyway than someone who doesn’t know the real me at all. Authenticity is the name of the game.

For anyone who has ever laid their heart out on the line and had it all trampled over. You are worth so much more than that. You deserve more than the waiting around, the tossing and turning, the uncertainty and empty promises.

You deserve someone willing to show up, own up and never give up. You deserve the best.

Self care:

Sometimes self care looks like unplugging from expectations, unwinding our self-limiting beliefs and re-finding the joy of simply being alive.

Summer is still very much in full swing (for you Northerners at least) so you might as well make the most of it! My friend Bria has got the best ideas on how to do that.

For the laughs:

If you’re a fan of adorable puppies that can’t figure out how stairs work then you will love this video.

Megan’s moment:

This month more than any other that I can remember, I have learnt so much about myself.

I learnt how deeply I care about people and how much I feel their absence when they are gone.

I learnt how to bounce back from an aching heart (a whole lotta prayer and marathoning Friends episodes.)

I learnt that even the happiest of moments can be bittersweet because we know that they won’t last forever.

But the biggest thing I have come to realize is that whatever comes our way…we have a choice. We choose how we respond to it. We can either shut down and give up or we can rise up and keep fighting.

Let me tell you, when my latest relationship fell through, I was ready to slam that door shut and be a spinster with a dozen cats but a) I don’t really like cats and b) I’m way too much of a romantic to be done with love.

So here’s what I’m gonna do instead:

  • I’m going to keep saying YES
  • I’m going to be honest about how I feel
  • I’m going to fall in love with life
  • I’m going to trust that God knows best

What about you?

When the rubber meets the road and life gets a little tricky, are you going to run away or are you going to stay and push through?

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Here’s to never, never, never giving up.

M x

Now tell me…

How do you try to be eco-friendly?

What’s one thing on your wishlist right now?

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20 Comments

  1. Ah thank you so much for the shoutout! Means a ton to me 🙂 some of these other posts really spoke to me and I can’t wait to give them a read when I get home!

  2. Love this post!!! I love how you round up all your favorites for the month and give them a little intro, that’s awesome. And thanks for the shout out, it means so much. I’ll definitely be reading into the other posts linked here! Blessings!

  3. You have such a variety of blogs you read; I love it, and I loved Claire’s different ideas about going plastic free. I’m still slowly working on some of those things though I can’t do them all right now.

    🙂 And…. I love the idea of self care being so simple and just enjoying being alive. Now that makes self care so simple.

    1. I loved that post too. I feel really challenged to try and use less plastic now! Self care can be pretty simple and easy if you make it that way.

  4. And yes. . . sometimes I find it so hard to swallow failure, but it is such a lesson to keep trusting God, to keep falling forward, and remember that it will work out for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing my post, girl! <3 I also enjoyed the "non-millennial" self-care guide. She's so right; journaling, meditation, and the like are super trendy nowadays–and they're great ways to take care of yourself!–but there's something about just disconnecting and acting like a kid again that's so refreshing.

    I have about a billion things on my wishlist right now, haha! Something I need is a long-sleeved semi-formal dress for a wedding we're going to in October… something I want is a wedding planning journal. 😛

    1. No worries, I’m currently trying to find the best deal on glass containers! I love the idea of acting like a kid again. So simple and fun.
      I wish I could go dress shopping with you. We have this excellent secondhand store which sells gorgeous formal dresses that are good quality and waay cheaper.
      I love all planners so a wedding planning journal excites me so much lol.

  6. Those all seem like such great reads – I loved the non-millennial’s guide to self-care! Also, that puppy video is so cute. 🙂 And I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! <3

  7. I love hearing that you’ve re-discovered poetry! It’s such a lovely reading form and I love hearing about new poems to read! I think poetry is one of those things I put down after high school English and now I’m re-discovering an interest in it on my own. Pretty cool!

    1. Poetry is so beautiful. When you find some good ones please send them my way! Have you heard of Lang Leav? I just found her work the other day and it is so beautiful. I’m just eating it up.

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